• Economic Development panel's mission unclear

    After all the introductions and opening comments at the first meeting of the county’s new economic development committee Tuesday night, many attendees appeared surprised to learn they weren’t a committee after all. “This is a consensus-building meeting; this is not a committee to move forward,” said Chris Hernandez of Marion, picked by county commissioners to facilitate the meeting.

  • Freedom on the road has dual meaning for Florida biker

    Windex and squeegee in hand so he can do odd jobs along the way, a former Florida man pedaled his bike through Marion with a pull-behind cart carrying all his possessions Tuesday. Born Daniel Lockridge, but now known as Daniel Freedom, he pedaled from Hillsboro to Marion on his way to Indiana, stopping at Marion’s coin laundry to wash his tent because it seemed musty after recent rains.

  • Heat dangerous as well as uncomfortable

    Summer officially started Monday, and Mother Nature isn’t shy about letting county residents feel the burn. With temperatures around 100 degrees this week, there is no question: It’s hot. Excessive heat can be dangerous as well as uncomfortable.

  • Summertime, and the algae are blooming

    As surely as waves of ripening wheat, blue-green algae warnings have become perennial harbingers of summer for the county. Three consecutive weeks of warnings for Marion Reservoir have affected the county’s largest tourism draw.

  • Lake festival wasn't singing the blues

    Campsites were in short supply Saturday as bluegrass fans took over Marion County Park and Lake for the lake’s annual bluegrass festival. Campers started filling up sites Thursday. By Saturday, lake superintendent Steve Hudson was scrambling to find places to put them.

  • Tampa area gets clinic based out of Herington

    Herington Municipal Hospital has opened a new clinic established on Main St. in Tampa. The clinic, open from 8 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, is serviced by physician’s assistant Nita Bittle and licensed practical nurses Jana Nordquist and Pam Holub. Hospital manager Alan Meisingersaid the hospital was looking for more opportunities to serve the public, especially in smaller communities surrounding Herington, when he connected with pharmacist David Rziha of Tampa to establish the clinic.


  • Two full-time EMTs hired

    Two full-time emergency medical technicians have been hired for Marion County. Kevin Marler, who has been working as a volunteer out of Hillsboro, and Matt Williams, who has been working out of Florence, were selected from among seven applicants.

  • County may close bridges

    At least one county bridge could be closed as a result of county commissioners touring three bridges on the state’s fracture critical list Monday morning. The one commissioners might close, a metal span bridge on Goldenrod Rd. a half mile south of 170th Rd., is in such poor condition commissioners voted to begin procedures to consider closing it.

  • Curb repairs under way on Main St.

    Preliminary work preparing both sides of Main St. between Cedar St. and Roosevelt St. for milling and overlay as part of a state grant has begun. City employees removed asphalt along the south curb in front of TC’s What Not Shop this week. Public works supervisor Marty Fredrickson expects the area will be refilled by Friday. Water hydrants were flushed Tuesday, so workers must wait for extracted area to dry.

  • Leftover stone from Central Park now a sign

    A few pieces of leftover limestone from the Central Park stage and bathroom project became the makings of a soon-to-be-installed city office sign. Once simply rock headed for a landfill, the sign has been leaning up against the city building for a week.

  • City to demolish house

    The owner of a dilapidated and unsafe house at 118 W. Santa Fe St. has made little change since being notified that her house would be demolished if she didn’t repair or demolish it herself, Marion City Council members were told Monday. The house, owned by Amy Park, came onto the city council’s radar screen in February when building inspector Marty Fredrickson showed commissioners photos of bowing support pillars under an attached carport and a crumbling foundation. After a public hearing in April, council members voted to demolish it in July if Parks had not resolved the matter.


  • Durward Oblander

    Former Marion service station owner Durward Oblander, 86, died Friday in Newton. A graveside service was Tuesday in Newton.

  • Alma Rempel

    Homemaker Alma Rempel, 93, died June 14 at Salem Home, Hillsboro. Interment was Friday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery. A memorial gathering followed at Salem Home Chapel.

  • Jerrod Rogers

    Jerrod Paul Rogers, 25, died June 16 in rural Hillsboro. A funeral service was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church, with Pastor Jerred Unruh officiating.



  • Rain barrel helps plants flourish

    Jerry Ewing’s plants are flourishing and he contends it’s because he uses rainwater instead of city water to water them. Ewing, lead radiological technician at St. Luke Hospital, stopped using city water for plants because of the effect he said it was having.

  • New porch just part of rehab

    Anyone who recently drove past 219 N. 3rd St. likely noticed the stately home’s new wood wrap-around porch. The outside doesn’t tell the whole story of recent rehabilitation work, though. Inside, a bathroom in the rear of the house has undergone total renewal from ceiling to floor, with new wall tiles, modern fixtures and a tile floor that replaces the old linoleum.

  • Nursery lives up to name, briefly

    Serenity Gardens owner Jana Dalke was surprised to find something she had not planted growing in her greenhouse. “This bird would fly in and out, so finally I looked, and there it was,” Dalke said.

  • Mortgage rates dip

    Although other interest rates have been trending upward, Bankrate reports that average interest rates on home mortgages in Kansas declined this week. The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 0.23 to 3.57 percent, according to Bankrate.


  • What's the matter with newspapers?

    Plenty of you listen to our critics, who constantly accuse us (in the most negative of terms) of negativity, or to industry pundits, who compare us to dinosaurs waiting for meteors. This weekend’s headlines don’t help. Two of the state’s best news organizations appear to be lumbering into extinction — the Lawrence Journal-World snatched up by an out-of-state chain and the Hutchinson News and Salina Journal essentially going on the auction block.


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  • 'Sister friends' raise money for cancer costs

    Darla Gore’s “sister friends” — otherwise called ‘the ya-ya sisters” — jumped into action when they found out Gore was diagnosed with cancer. Greta Smith spearheaded a Pilsen event including dinner, raffle, silent auction, live auction, and dance to raise money for Gore’s medical bills.

  • New dental practice plans open house

    Terra and Ty Reusser, who officially purchased the dental practice of Gerald Vinduska in May, will be having an open house from 12 to 2 p.m. July 1. Food will be provided, and there will be a drawing for a teeth-whitening kit.

  • Science of sports to be focus of free program

    How science, technology, engineering, and math relate to baseball, soccer, football, and more will be among the topics explored in STEMtacular, a special program next week at Marion City Library. STEMtacular, put on by staff from Exploration Place in Wichita, is designed for children kindergarten through eighth grade but is open to everyone older and younger.


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  • Getting a cleat up on memories at alumni football game

    Old stomping grounds were visited Friday night by Hillsboro and Marion high school graduates playing an alumni football game at Joel Wiens Stadium. Marion players who graduated between 1988 and 2005 would recognize the oldest player on the Hillsboro team as former assistant coach at Marion High School.



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